Great turnout

We had the best turnout in months at the Feb. 23rd Tournament  …… 36 players.

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Meet YLP’s bird man

Meet YLP’s bird man



If you see a fellow on one of YLP’s trails carrying a camera and looking up into the trees, there’s a good chance it’s Robert Groos. And chances are he can tell you in detail what has caught his attention. Stop and listen, and you’ll learn something you didn’t know about our wonderful mountain home.

So why does he do it? “There’s the obvious aspect of exercise being outside. I like nature but there’s a challenge involved in the photography and that really drives me.”

Groos and his wife, Patty, live in a home on the side of Revis Mountain with one of those gorgeous views of distant hills. He’s out and about frequently, taking photos of birds outside his window as well as on distant hiking trails.

” I go for the smaller birds because number one they’re hard to see, they’re hard to find…. and they’re hard to photograph because they’re moving so fast and that is a real prime drive to my interest. Just like anybody who does sports — you want to get better at what you do.”

Groos speaks in a soft, steady tone that bespeaks his background starting as a former college professor with a Ph.D. in French who later spent most of his career in computer technology and sales. He says he’s self-taught in photography.

His equipment, of course, is professional as well — Canon 5D and 7D SLRs, with a Canon 100-400mm telephoto among his lenses.

Many people in YLP take pictures of birds and animals, and many of them are quite good. What makes Groos’ work stand out is its almost portrait quality — extremely sharp and almost of story-telling quality. An avian moment in time, chasing an insect or guarding a nest.

On the coffee table in the middle of their home’s central great room, the Grooses keep three professionally bound books of Robert’s photos — one titled “Birds of Deer Canyon Preserve,” from where the couple formerly had lived in New Mexico, and others on their trips to Egypt and Peru.

Starting today, you’ll get to enjoy many of Robert’s photos and learn about the scores of bird species that inhabit YLP. He begins a periodic blog on yosemitelakespark.org with some of his photos, focusing each time on a different bird or topic. We hope you enjoy it!

YLP on the wing


Hello.  My name is Robert.  I’m a bird photographer here in YLP.  In this blog, I will introduce you to some of my avian friends, who also are your neighbors here in the park.

You will frequently see me walking Blue Heron Lake Trail with a really big camera in my hands.  Say “hello” and I’ll try to answer any questions you may have about our birds.

Today I showcase a bird that I consider to be the voice of YLP:  The Acorn Woodpecker.  Oak woodlands, such as we have here in YLP, is where they live year-around.  If you spend time outdoors, you can’t miss hearing their raucous calls throughout the day.

In spite of the name, Acorn Woodpeckers feed primarily on insects.  During winter months, when insects are less prevalent, they rely upon communal acorn granaries that clan members have assiduously stocked throughout the year.  Many of our utility poles have hundreds of holes drilled into them for this purpose.

The Acorn Woodpecker is a gregarious bird, performing aerial acrobatics as it flies openly from tree to tree, utility pole to utility pole.  Pause a moment, look closely at its lovely clown face, and try not to smile.

(Gallery of five photos)

How to use Banamine

As horse owners, I am sure we all know what Banamine is but do we all know how to properly use it?  I found this article, written by Patricia DeLoache DVM, to be very informative and I think it is something every horse owner should read.
“As equine veterinarians, we use Banamine® on a regular basis.  Many horse people make a point to keep this medication on-hand “for emergencies.”  But what does it actually do?  What are the side effects?  When and how is the best way to give it?  Read on to find out the answers to these questions and more.  Although, banamine® is one of the most commonly used equine drugs, it may also be one of the most commonly misused.  Below are 10 things we think you should know about banamine®.”

Golf gettin’ better

Progress continues on the renovations at the YLP Golf Course: tree trimming, reconstruction of sand traps and tees. The recent rains have filled the lakes, and the well that is being drilled in the golf course parking lot will add to the water supply for all of YLGA.
Play continues to increase, through afternoon specials, advertising and word of mouth that we are open to the public.
We also are looking forward to hosting the Yosemite High School Boy’s Golf Team on Monday, Feb. 21. There will be 36 players from six different high schools participating. Come on out and watch these young stars of the future!
I encourage homeowners to come out and see what all the excitement is about, and to enjoy one of the best amenities that we have here at YLP.

Trail Trials

The YLPEC hosted our first-ever Trail Trials on January 27.  We had an excellent turnout with approximately 30 horse and rider combinations.  It was such a success that we are hosting another Trail Trials event on Feb. 24 (weather permitting).

We ended up breaking it out into three categories: Novice (never to have competed in a Trail Trial event), Intermediate and Open (advanced).  Our largest class was the Novice.  We will have the same breakdown at the next event, but the obstacles will be different.  We had participants come from as far as Three Rivers and Hanford.  We hope to have an even larger turn out on Feb. 24!
I enjoyed watching everyone have fun and to see the Equestrian Center offer something new.  Karen Kroske, a longtime supporter of the Equestrian Center, volunteered to organize the event.  We appreciate her efforts as well as the efforts and time donated by our volunteers.  We were able to keep the event running smoothly because we had six judges so that six horses could participate at one time.
For information about the event, please contact Karen Kroske at 341-4764 or you can email me at equestriancenter@yloa.org.
Here are some photos of the event: